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An advanced healthcare directive is a legal document that allows you to control the medical decisions related to your care when you are incapacitated. Creating this directive is one of the aspects of estate planning that people tend to put off the longest. Nobody enjoys questioning his or her own mortality! However, this advanced healthcare directive, or living will, is vital when you are no longer able to make certain healthcare related decisions for yourself.
This legal document will make your end-of life or prolonged care wishes clear and precise when you are no longer able to do so. Also, this document protects you and your family if you happen to fall ill, get in an accident, or become incapacitated enough to where family members and doctors need specific guidelines on how to care for you.
A living will clearly outlines the types of medical treatment you want, and gives permission for doctors and family members to perform certain surgeries or experimental procedures on you. Though it may not be pleasant to think about, creating an advanced healthcare directive will protect you and your family.
Along with an advanced healthcare directive, you will also need a durable power of attorney. This is a legal document that gives one person the authority to make healthcare related decisions on your behalf, when you are no longer able to do so.
Without a durable power of attorney, you may not receive the necessary care and treatment that you want at the most critical stages of your life. Family members may disagree on how to care for you if these documents do not exist, which can lead to added stress and unwanted treatments.
Contact Citadel Law Corporation today at (800) 662-0882 and speak with estate planing lawyer in order to get started on creating these legal documents.
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